Thursday, February 08, 2007

Friends of Clinton Now Supporting Richardson

Though Governor Richardson is close with President and Senator Clinton, it seems some folks that the Clintons expected to support Hillary are supporting Governor Richardson instead.
But I do know cases where he is calling individuals who he thought were supporting Sen. Clinton, and they're supporting me - and I'm sure there are a lot more supporting her than supporting me, so he hasn't had to make many calls.
It's hard to say no when a President asks you to do something. There has to be a compelling reason to say no. Maybe they aren't supporting Hillary because of her position on the war in Iraq.
What isn't so easy to stomach is Hillary's assertion that she doesn't regret her war vote.
Most Americans want out of Iraq as soon as possible, most Democratic Senators who voted for the war now say they regret it (including John Edwards), and Bill Richardson has laid out a strategy that makes sense and gets the troops out of Iraq by the end of 2007. Foreign policy is one of the areas where our next President needs to be experienced, as our current President has proven. Bill Richardson is the only candidate who is experienced enough to deal with the foreign policy debacles created by the Bush Administration and restore America's standing in the global community.

Of course, having the former DNC chair as one of your chief fundraisers while he spouts anti-immigrant rhetoric worthy of Tom Tancredo can turn people off too.
McAuliffe, rather than pointing out that scapegoating the immigrants rather than confronting the economic forces creating the problems only worsens them, utterly capitulated:
I couldn't agree more. We've got to shut these borders down. These people shouldn't be coming in this country. We need to enforce our border protections. We have to do something for the people who have been here for years and have paid taxes -- you know, we're for the people who have been in this country and paying taxes and raising their family. But for the people who have not been here, who have been here illegally and have taken advantage of the situation, we need to have a plan to get them back to the countries they came from, and more important, which is the first thing John talks about, we have gotta shut these borders down. I couldn't agree more.

... I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican, we all agree you've gotta shut the borders down. People who are coming into this nation taking our jobs.
In any case, it's clear that Hillary Clinton is no Bill Richardson on these issues, her friend Terry McAuliffe is not helping her, and people have an appreciation for experienced, common-sense leadership that brings people together. Bill Richardson for President.

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